Decorative Floors | East Coast Coatings

By: East Coast Coatings  09-12-2011
Keywords: Concrete Slabs

Acid Stain

Staining concrete is one of the most popular applications for transforming concrete slabs. Homeowners, designers and builders are drawn to stained concrete because of the unique outcome that can be achieved combining color and application techniques on concrete slabs. Amazing results can be achieved with our creativity involved in the stained concrete process. Using acid-based chemical stains, it's possible to achieve rich, earth-toned color schemes resembling natural stone, marble, wood, or even leather, giving a completely custom look to concrete floors, concrete driveways, patios, walkways, pool decks, concrete walls and more.

Most acid stains are a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid, and acid-soluble metallic salts. They work by penetrating the surface and reacting chemically with the hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) in the concrete. The acid in the stain lightly etches the surface, allowing the metallic salts to penetrate more easily. Once the stain reacts, it becomes a permanent part of the concrete and won’t fade, chip off, or peel away. Like stains for wood, acid-based stains are translucent and the color they produce will vary depending on the color and condition of the substrate they are applied to. Each concrete slab will accept the stain in varying degrees of intensity, creating natural color variations that bring character and distinction to each project. Unfortunally, acid stains does not have a wide range of color selection. You’ll mostly find them in a limited array of subtle earth tones, such as tans, browns, terra cottas, and soft blue-greens. Acid Stained floor is usually sealed after to protect the surface. With us, you can choose to go with a better protection such as epoxies & Urethane to create a optimum protection.


Dyes are greatly expanding the artist’s palette with colors ranging from soft pastels to vivid reds, oranges, yellows, and purples. Dyes can be used by itself or in conjunction with acids stains as well. Essentially, concrete dyes are translucent, penetrating color solutions. Unlike acid-based stains, they do not react chemically with concrete. Instead, they contain very fine coloring agents that penetrate into the concrete surface.

Colored Flake Chips

Versatile application where we incorporate vinyl flake chips and epoxy to create a decorative floor finish that is easy to clean and is resistant to chemicals. Ideal for garages, washroom, hallways, kitchen, laundry room, etc.

Decorative Toppings

Decorative Toppings are an acrylic modified cement-based topping that transforms everyday concrete into beautiful decorative faux stone finishes. It's the ideal solution to restore and beautify old deteriorating concrete. It is ideal for walkways, terraces, patios, pool areas, or any industrial or recreational flooring that requires the look and performance of Stone. The luxurious and classic beauty of hand laid stone, slate, flagstone, fieldstone, tile or wood plank in any colour combinaison can be achieved at a very affordable price. System is applied at 5-6 mm with an unlimited choice of design pattern.

Keywords: Concrete Slabs

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